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At present we practise on Wednesday evenings
at 8 pm at Northgate Church Hall in Warwick.
 
Practices are open to anyone who would like to attend -
We should like to encourage new members, both singers and players, to join us,
so do come along on a Wednesday evening and find out what it's all about! 
 
See the 'New Members' page for further details.
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Warwick Folk Festival
WEST GALLERY WORKSHOP FOR SINGERS AND
NON-TRANSPOSING, NON-CHORDAL INSTRUMENTALISTS
Carols from the Mid-Shires
Saturday 29 July
Unitarian Chapel, Warwick  3.00 - 4.30 pm

American Shapenote Workshop
Unitarian Chapel, Warwick,
Sunday 30 July
12.30 - 2.00 pm

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17th Oxford Psalmody Church Visitation
within the Diocese of Oxford

Saturday 2nd September
10.30 am - approx 5.50 pm
Four churches to visit and to sing in,
centred around Marsh Gibbon, Bucks., where lunch will be partaken.


Oxford Psalmody supported by Immanuel's Ground.
Booking and Menu to be HERE shortly

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Culworth, Northants
Sunday 10th September
5.00 pm
Harvest Festival Evensong
The Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin

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Latest Newsletter No 17

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Immanuel's Ground is a Quire based in Warwick, was formed in the Autumn of 2001, and draws members from the "Heart of England", which, generally speaking, is Oxfordshire, Northants, Worcestershire and Warwickshire. We also have members from further afield.

As a costumed quire, we sing music from the West Gallery period, ie roughly between 1725 and 1850, this including not only the sacred music sung in rural parish churches, so well recorded by Thomas Hardy in Under the Greenwood Tree, but also secular part-songs, glees and catches, and the popular music of the period, with especial emphasis on local composers and musicians. This is accompanied by a small number of instruments such as would have been found in any village band of that time.

The other part of our repertoire comes from a parallel and living singing tradition in America, and especially New England, that of shapenote music, with its exciting and sometimes unexpected harmonies, kept alive since the time of the earliest settlers. We also include some of the new compositions still being written today. 

We take part in concerts, church services (usually a form of evening service), carols - concerts, services and pub sessions - and are happy to share the music with local choirs by workshops and other participatory events, either on their own or as a prelude to a shared service. Local historical material is included wherever possible.  See where we shall be in the coming months.

We would like to encourage additional players of appropriate instruments (strings, bassoon, clarinet, flute etc),  and singers - particularly MALE TENORS in order to strengthen the lead lines.  Much of the music is tenor-led, i.e., the tune is sung by the Tenors, and the Trebles have a very important counterpoint.

Do come along to a practice and see just how different this music is; details of how to contact us can be found here.
 

Our repertoire and details of concerts and workshops, etc, can be found here.


The Quire in 1891


Stoneleigh - May 2016

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When Musick's notes with steps already move
Thro' virtue's paths, and breathe with heav'nly love,
The rapt'rous mind from earthly mansions flies,
And soars aloft above the starry skies.
Extract from Thomas Collins' Book of Psalmody
Nuneaton 1774

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